A hit debut for Porchfest: Conceived in sadness, festival celebrates local culture

Cedric Watson, multiple Grammy nominee, performs Saturday at Morgan City's PorchFest in Lawrence Park. (The Daily Review/Shea Drake)

Cloudy skies did not prevent PorchFest musicians from giving a heartfelt performance on Saturday in support of a good cause for the community.

UBS seeks blood donors to overcome summer slump

Stewart West of Berwick donates blood Thursday at United Blood Services in Morgan City. UBS says it needs blood donations, especially those with negative-type blood, because the economic downturn has made the usual summertime drop in donations even worse. (The Daily Review/Shea Drake)

About 20 years ago, Stewart West of Berwick was in a car accident. He needed a pint of blood. Now he donates blood as often as he can.

Protection or bias?

The Rev. Doug Lassiter lights candles in preparation for Wednesday night’s mid-week service at Trinity Episcopal Church in Morgan City. (The Daily Review/Shea Drake)

Tri-City area pastors have differing views about a proposed law going through the House of Representatives that would allow pastors to refuse services and participation in “certain marriages” that


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